It was customary at the start of the Civil War for rich citizens to raise, arm, and equip regiments for battle. For this largess, the benefactor was often given the rank of colonel.
I suggest that Col. Corker raise his regiment from his fellow Congressional rabble-rousers and war-profiteers. The Honorable Col. Corker can arm and equip them, and set out immediately for the Syrian front. Perhaps family members will be able to accompany the Colonel as he dashes forth to meet the foe.
Surely the junior Senator from Tennessee would not ask others to do what he so loudly and with great authority asks others to do?
Just think about it. In a few years there could be a statue of Col. Corker on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn showing the brave Colonel astride a charging steed with this poem.
"Colonel Robert Corker,
Had a chance to fight the Syrians.
Instead He Stayed in Washington,
Sending Baptists and Presbyterians.
Demanded war in the Middle East,
To Fight the Syrian residents.
Wouldn't take the Chance of a Bullet in His Pants
To Join the Long Line of Impotent Presidents.
But Long He Bellowed, and Long He Cried,
Wanting the Head of Assad.
But bullets Kill People and as Head of Business Sheeple
It didn't Take Him too Long to Learn.
Those Muslims are Fanatics,
and I'm too Damn Democratic
To Spill My Blood Over False Fear.
So on the First Plane Back Home,
the Colonel Did Roam,
Leading the Charge from the Rear.
Never mind that He Called for War Action,
Forget His Connections to War Profiteers,
Colonel Corker Survived, While the Brave Soldiers Died,
And Their Deaths Paid the War Financiers.
He Sits High Above on this Saddle,
For All to See and Give Cheer,
But Remember This Fact, Col. Corker Came Back
To Bravely Lead From the Rear."
Retired General Wesley Clark favors intervening with one group of religious fundamentalists to kill another group of religious fundamentalists. That always works for fat-cat political generals that sell weapons that increases the military/politician/corporation portfolios.
Now the US wants to negotiate with the Taliban. Can the US military government negotiate the dead service personnel, negotiate to restore the amputated arms and legs, restore the eyesight, negotiate the mental problems of the soldiers, restore the lives of Afghani collateral damage?
So the "Never Negotiate with Terrorists" policy of the US government has been fulfilled?
To those who were maimed, died, and destroyed, by US imperialism, neo-cons, war-mongering politicians, and the US Mercenary forces with the cheers of the military/corporate community, please answer this.
Was it worth it to invade, to occupy, to wage a total war so that your sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and family could sacrifice for lies, for politicians, for Halliburton and Lockheed?
Will you be willing to do it again for nothing? For a failed government? Willing to be cannon-fodder for cash? Trade your life for a Dick Cheney, John McCain, Lindsey Graham? Give your life for Wesley Clark's portfolio?
If yes, go to Syria. But you're dying for all the wrong reasons. Wave the flag while you still have two arms; look at your children while you have eyes, and take a walk while you have two legs.
But you're not doing this for your country, your family, or your neighbors. You're doing it for a government's greed, power, and money.
It that the cause you're willing to die for?
It's a true believer's miracle! Jesus has appeared again — Not on Velveeta, not on Ritz crackers, not on Jimmy Swaggert's subscription to Hustler, but here.
Look and prepare to Praise His Holy Name! Thanks to all who prayed for my redemption. I am blessed.
I'm now convinced in the reality of Christian fundamentalism as fact! Wonders and Signs of His Truth just as real as the Bible!
conservative said... "There is the real world and then there is the Liberal world."
Then there's the world of gods, devils, witches, divine retribution, holy books, bigotry, intolerance, heavens, hells, creationism, anti-intellectualism, and religious wackos — that's called Conservative's World.
"Damn DaytonSurvival of the fittest Darwin, Andrea Yates in this context? You are sick man. Seek medical help now! Get back on your Lexipro or pull the S&W out. The S&W will take you to hell faster. Say hello to Andrea, loser."
Since there's no fundamentalist Christians, jihad Muslims, Catholic priests, Popes, Bibi Netanyahu, or neo-cons living in my home, I'm safe from harm for now.
However, there's an Apocalyptic Christian nutters group that meets down the road where they can't wait to start Armageddon to bring Jesus floating down from the sky.
Plus, they home-school their little tykes with creationism, Christian Reconstruction, and being a gun-totin' warrior for God — much like the Hitler Youth but without the snappy uniforms. Jihadists for Jesus!
Perhaps if the home-schooled children of Andrea Yates had a gun to protect themselves from their crazy Christian mother, they wouldn't have been drowned by the voice of God.
It makes more sense to have weapons to protect against the religious lunatic fringe of fundamentalism.
I'd rather have a pair of hands that work than a thousand lips that pray.
I don't need or want faith nor your original sin. I don't need or want imaginary gods, saviors, and devils. I don't need or want ineffective prayers to a murderous Jehovah.
Save those wankerisms for the faint-of-heart and small minds that require it to justify their mindless worship of religious evil.
I'm seriously laughing at you and your inability to face life without dogmatic faith in invisible busybodies.
Watch Penn & Teller and have a few laughs and learn something about the Bible.
JOHN PAUL HALLEY JR., Kimball, Tenn wrote: "The Times Free Press apparently has an identity crisis as on the same page it always runs a feature called Bible Wisdom. Maybe the feature needs to be retitled to Bible Recommendations?"
I agree with Mr. Halley on using Bible quotes. But just don't cherry pick those "inspired" words. Let's use the entire Bible.
Here's a few of those quotes.
Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."
1 Samuel 18:27 "Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife."
I Timothy 2:11-14 "Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
These and other kind and loving words of the Old Sky Daddy should be published. Not just the cheery stuff, not just the red-letter words made-up by authors who weren't there, but all the hate and intolerant bigotry by religious men using an imaginary deity to rule and suppress free thought and human progress.
"The best cure for Christianity is to read the Bible." Mark Twain
First line of previous post should read "The best way to STOP future black markets . . .
The best way to future black markets and close existing black markets in organ transfers is to create an open market.
This is where owners of their bodies can sell what they want to sell and for whatever reasons the owner chooses, keeping religious and government meddling out of the transaction.